I have to vent for a minute. Whichever side of the political spectrum you’re on*, conviction of a crime should be based on a review of the facts and the law, not on public opinion. Otherwise, impeachment is basically just a reality TV show where the public** gets to vote.
*only applicable to the 2 party US system
**by public, I mean wealthy donors and lobbyists
@jerry I thought it was a reality show. 🧐
@synfinner certainly seems that way, doesn’t it?
@jerry yep. This is why I don’t engage in it at all. When family or whoever starts, I either subject jump or physically walk away. :P
@sillystring that was amazing. “If there’s one thing we know about Americans, it’s that they like to read!”
Agreed. However, it's complicated when the court appointed to pass sentence has already said it would not convict even if there is a guilty verdict.
@ScottMortimer @jerry the Senate's mandate in impeachment is to determine guilt, not merely sentencing. The House acts essentially like a grand jury in many states - it's their job to determine if there's probable cause sufficient to hold the trial in the Senate.
That said, yes, the GOP Senate majority has made it clear that they have no intention of holding a legitimate trial.
@jerry impeachment in the US is a fundamentally political process, not an actual legal one like we'd perhaps like to have. It needs to be viewed through that lens as such.
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